Breaking the record of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant on Tuesday became the fastest Indian wicket-keeper to achieve the benchmark of scoring 1000 Test runs.
Not only did Pant lead team India to victory in final Test of the four-match Test series between India and Australia at the Gabba he also completed his 1000 Test runs in the match.
The wicket-keeper batsman outperformed MS Dhoni to become the quickest Indian gloveman to reach 1,000 Test runs. Dhoni had taken 32 innings to finish 1,000 runs in Test cricket, while Pant accomplished the feat in just 27 innings.
During the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Pant became the youngest wicket-keeper to score fifty or more runs in Test cricket.
Rishabh ‘nerves of steel’ Pant will be excused for all the slip-ups he has made throughout the series with wicket-keeping gloves close by as each of the 89 runs that he scored in the last hour on Tuesday was extremely valuable. It was just fitting retribution that he hit a limit to win India a spine chiller game.
The last time an opposing group came out victorious from the Brisbane Cricket Ground was back in November 1988, when the strong West Indian team under the leadership of Viv Richards whipped the Allan Border’s group by 9 wickets.
What makes the accomplishment significantly more estimable is how the Indians battled numerous wounds and mental weariness – due to the numerous setbacks they faced- to enlist a memorable success.
Having just lost Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari going into the last Test, Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin also couldn’t get coordinate fit, which saw India field a bowling assault that was driven by a two-Test old Mohammed Siraj.
Yet, the courageous pacer rose through the cinders like a phoenix to show he has a place at the most elevated level.
Returning to the last day’s activity, requiring 69 to win going into the most recent hour, some other group may have considered guaranteeing a draw first. Yet, not this Indian group loaded up with youngsters who have confidence in support themselves until it’s over.
With bold Rishabh Pant at the wrinkle, Australia captain Tim Paine had no alternative except for to keep the field open with men at the limit. The wicket-attendant took a couple of risks, however, karma was grinning splendid and bright on him as he emerged as the hero of the match.